Tigers top Rays 2-0
Saturday, August 17, 2019

(ST. PETERSBURG) – Daniel Norris, Drew VerHagen and Joe Jiminez combined on a five hitter to outpitch Charlie Morton, as the Tigers beat the host Tampa Bay Rays 2-0. Norris went the first three innings, VerHagen pitched five and Jimenez earned his third save by striking out Eric Sogard with two men on base to end the game. VerHagen (3-2) came into the game with an 8.03 ERA. He gave up only three hits and two of them were erased by double plays. Only three runners reached second base for the Rays, who have lost 10 of their last 17 at Tropicana Field. Dawel Lugo scored the Tigers' first run on a passed ball after a double by Niko Goodrum off Morton in the fourth. Doubles by Travis Demeritte and Jordy Mercer off reliever Pete Fairbanks made it 2-0 in the eighth. Morton (13-5) gave up one unearned run on three hits in seven innings. It was the 19th time in 26 starts he has given up two runs or less, and in his last three starts he has 29 strikeouts and no walks.